Starting March 20, the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT) will be closing multiple museums and other facilities in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
ADPHT Secretary Stacy Hurst announced that the lobbies of the state’s 13 welcome centers will be closed until further notice, along with the Division of Arkansas Heritage’s Little Rock museums. These museums include the Historic Arkansas Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Old State House Museum.
“We believe the closing of welcome centers, heritage museums and some limiting of access and services at our parks is the best thing to do for our visitors and our staff,” Hurst said in a statement. “People can still come enjoy our beautiful state parks, where social distancing is achievable; but they can also get some great stress relief by hiking or biking our trails, enjoying our lakes, or just sitting still and taking in the great outdoors.”
In addition to the closings, access to state park facilities will be limited. Park visitor centers will only be accessible for camping/lodging check-in, and trail access. Lodges, cabins, and camp sites will remain open to visitors but daily housekeeping will not be provided. Cleaning and sanitization will be conducted after a stay is over.
Park exhibits and gift shops will be closed until further notice.
Marinas and golf courses, including the courses at DeGray Lake Resort and Village Creek State Parks, will remain open.
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